Hicks: Plenty of interested parties
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks claims there is a large number
of "interested buyers" in the club he and George Gillett put
up for sale last month.
"Liverpool has a really big universe of interested buyers,"
said the Texan.
"There are a number of wealthy people all over the world,
particularly in the Middle East and Asia, who are enormous
(Press Association Sport)
Mourinho would like
Gerrard at Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho has expressed his admiration for England
midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as he
formulates his plans to get Real Madrid back to winning
The Portuguese, who is set to be named as Madrid coach in
the coming days after Manuel Pellegrini was sacked from the
post on Wednesday night, also outlined his preference for
full-backs in the mould of Ashley Cole and Maicon.
"Both (Gerrard and Lampard) are great players who always
While Mourinho is also yet to officially leave Inter Milan,
he has already spoken freely about his plans at big-spending
Those plans could involve raids on his former clubs, Chelsea
and Inter, after he spoke glowingly about Blues duo Lampard,
31, and Cole, 29, as well as Maicon - the 28-year-old
Brazilian who helped Mourinho lead Inter to a trophy treble
Mourinho has also previously admired 29-year-old Gerrard -
he attempted to sign the Liverpool midfielder while he was
in charge of Chelsea - and on Thursday described all four
players as ideal to fulfil his ambitions in the Spanish
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Torres returns to training
with Spain squad
Striker Fernando Torres took another step forward in his
recovery from knee surgery when he trained with the rest of
the Spain squad for the first time
The Liverpool frontman joined his team mates on the pitches
at their camp just outside Madrid on their last day before
flying off to Austria for the next stage in their
preparations for South Africa.
"It's great news to have Fernando training with us again,
he's an important players for us," defender Gerard Pique
told a news conference.
Winger Juan Mata added: "He's said he'll be fit in time for
our first match, which is good news."
Torres had surgery on damaged meniscus in his right knee
last month and is slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery
All 23 members of the Spanish squad were at the session and
were divided into groups to play some mimi-matches, with
Torres and midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is also returning
from injury, wearing different coloured bibs to the rest.
Torres left the session early, with the Federation saying he
would gradually up his workload over the coming days.
Spain fly to Austria on Friday morning and play the first of
three warm-up friendlies against Saudi Arabia in Innsbruck
on Saturday (1600 GMT).
They are due to face South Korea and Poland before their
opening Group H fixture against Switzerland in Durban on
Aquilani keen to make amends
Alberto Aquilani insists he wants to stay at Liverpool as he
feels he owes them more after an injury-plagued first
The 25-year-old midfielder arrived at Anfield last summer in
a £20million deal but was not able to make his debut until
late October because of an ankle injury sustained while
still at Roma.
Aquilani made just 13 starts last season but finally settled
into the starting XI for the last four matches of the
And despite speculation linking him to a swift return to
Italy with Juventus, Aquilani is determined to stay and
prove his worth to manager Rafael Benitez.
"I am staying at Liverpool to make up for many things," he
told Italian newspaper Leggo. "I have finally recovered from
my ankle injury.
"Juve have approached me in the past and now I'm reading of
their interest, but I really don't know anything about it."
Dalglish: Reds will ride the storm
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish insists the club will not go
backwards despite their current ownership issues and
speculation about the futures of manager Rafael Benitez and
star players Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
“Liverpool FC is much more important than any one individual
– it always has been and always will be,” said the Reds
former player and manager, who now has an ambassadorial role
with the club’s academy.
“It will move forwards and move upwards.
“It is not the greatest time in the club’s history at this
time but I don’t think they will start to go backwards.”
keen on Mascherano
According to a report in El Mundo Deportivo, reigning
Spanish champions Barcelona have re-ignited their interest
in Argentinian international Javier Mascherano, currently
under contract with Liverpool.
Reina admits Reds fears
Jose Reina thinks Liverpool will have to forget any thoughts
of again becoming a force at home and abroad if the club's
co-owners do not sell in the near future.
The Spain goalkeeper is currently preparing for the World
Cup, but his club's terrible campaign in 2009/10 is still
weighing heavily on his mind.
Liverpool failed to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions
League following a succession of on and off-field problems,
which only served to increase hostility towards
controversial co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
The American duo have since placed the Reds up for sale, but
they are not prepared to accept any cut-price deal and Reina
fears that could mean that football targets have to be
"As long as we build a competitive squad we do not have to
fear anybody," said the shot-stopper, who has committed his
long-term future to Anfield,
in the Daily Telegraph.
"But it is looking like we will not yet. We have to be less
optimistic than the last few years and get ready for setting
another kind of target.
"(The owners) have to move quickly and anything that happens
has to be
Hicks: Top talent will stay
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks insists the club will not be
selling the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres this
A disappointing showing in the 2009/10 campaign has left the
red half of Merseyside fuming, with many feeling the current
American owners have failed to back manager Rafa Benitez in
the transfer market.
"We have no intention of selling any of our top players," he
told Sky Sports News.
"We have a substantial transfer budget in place. There is so
much misinformation about transfer spending - it has more
then doubled under the ownership of George and myself over
the past three years.
"We will make a considerable investment this summer, but it
is really about getting the right players."
Carragher: I'll play wherever I'm
Jamie Carragher is happy to be England's flexible friend in
South Africa this summer and play anywhere that coach Fabio
Capello asks him to.
One of the major reasons why Carragher announced his
international retirement three years ago was he became fed
up at being repeatedly overlooked to fill one of his
favoured centre-half berths when either Rio Ferdinand or
Instead Carragher either remained on the bench or had to
slot in at full-back, moves which led to growing resentment
from the Liverpool star and ultimately internal questions
about whether he was making a worthwhile contribution.
In deciding to accept Fabio Capello's offer of an
international return, Carragher has been happy to put such
He clearly has a huge amount of respect for Capello's
coaching ability, enough to accept making a contribution in
any area of the field the Italian thinks is required.
"Centre-back is my best position. I think everyone is aware
said the 32-year-old.
"But if you look at the squad maybe the manager does see me
playing a different position, which is something I will have
to adapt to.
"Basically, I will just do whatever the manager says."
Torres to decide after World Cup
Despite his agent's claims that he is staying at Liverpool,
Fernando Torres refuses to discuss the situation at Anfield
and is focused on the World Cup finals.
"The most important thing for me now is the World Cup, we
will see later.," he said when asked about whether he will
still be a Liverpool player next season. When asked about
his agent's assurances that he is staying he added: "I
didn't read anything about it."
Torres then went on to comment about the ownership issue,
and David Moores' calls for Hicks and Gillette to sell.
"Hopefully its one of the ways we need to improve," he said.
"I'm with the chief executive and Rafa every week and I'm
aware of the situation, but I don't know about the situation
now because I'm trying to stay apart from them and focussing
on the team so when the World Cup ends we will see what
Brukner keen to minimise Reds'
Liverpool's new head of sports science Dr Peter Brukner
hopes to be able to keep the likes of Fernando Torres and
Steven Gerrard injury-free.
The Australian, who officially takes up his post after
travelling to the World Cup with the Socceroos, intends to
introduce new techniques when he returns
"The players will notice an immediate difference come the
start of the 2010/11 season," said Liverpool's head of
sports medicine and sports science, who plans to divide
players into groups depending on their injury history and
then target them with specific work.
"Our plan is for the players to do a 15-minute session
before they start training.
"This will be purely on injury prevention - working on
hamstrings, groins, thighs, calves and so on.
"The other thing we'll be doing more of is monitoring their
general well-being, health and workload.
"We'll be able to modify their programmes depending on how
much they play and how quickly they recover.
"You can't stop all injuries. There are certain injuries
which are inevitable - like when someone gets a kick or
"But I think we can certainly reduce the amount of injuries
- particularly what we call soft-tissue injuries.
"Things like hamstring muscle, groin muscle, calf muscle and
Former owner David Moores
calls for Liverpool sale
Former owner David Moores has
admitted he "hugely regrets" selling Liverpool to George
Gillett and Tom Hicks and has called on them to sell up.
Moores sold the club to the American duo in 2007 but their
reign has been controversial, with concerns mounting about
the Premier League outfit's debt.
In a letter to the Times newspaper, Moores insisted he acted
with the "very best interests of the club at heart".
He wants the pair to leave and added: "Don't punish the
supporters any more."
(BBC Sport Online)
Kyrgiakos plays in Greece draw
Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece in their latest
The Liverpool defender got an assist as Greece drew 2-2 with
fellow World Cup finalists North Korea last night.
The draw is quite embarassing for Greece, but not so much
for Kyrgiakos as he was subsituted at half-time.
Reds release young duo
Christopher Oldfield and Robbie Threlfall will leave
Liverpool when their contracts expire on June 30.
The young duo - neither of whom have made a competitive
first-team appearance - join Fabio Aurelio and David Martin
in being released.
Meanwhile, Australian stopper Dean Bouzanis has committed
his future until
Five others have been offered fresh terms: David Amoo, Sean
Highdale, Steven Irwin, Alex Kacaniklic and Andras Simon.
(LFC Official Website)
Reports: Liverpool to offer Riera
in bid for Villarreal striker Rossi
Liverpool are ready to set up a swap deal for Villarreal
striker Giuseppe Rossi.
The Italian has declared he intends to leave Villarreal this
summer and Reds boss Rafa Benitez is keen to set up a swap
involving outspoken winger Albert Riera.
Torres hopeful over fitness
Fernando Torres is confident of being fit for Spain's World
Cup opener against Switzerland on June 16.
The superstar striker is recovering from knee surgery after
tearing cartilage during our Anfield clash with Benfica in
The 26-year-old insists his recuperation is going well.
"I'm very well, happy with the progress of the injury. Since
January I've had two operations, and that isn't easy," he
"Everything went very well with the first and in the second
the objective was to be ready between six and seven weeks,
and I'm at the start of the sixth.
"I will do a few more days of specific work and, God
willing, I'll be 100 per cent for the first game of the
World Cup for sure."
Despite fitness concerns, Torres is one of the favourites to
win the Golden Boot in South Africa.
Asked if he felt any pressure to be the leading scorer,
Torres said: "No, but I know that, along with David Villa,
I'm lucky enough to be one of the strikers in a team that
are among the favourites, and that brings certain
(LFC Official Website)
Aurelio leaving Reds
Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Brazilian defender Fabio
Aurelio is leaving Liverpool this summer when his contract
The 30-year-old spent the past four years at Anfield after
joining on a free transfer from Spanish giants Valencia in
Benitez had hoped to secure the full-back on extended terms
and is disappointed the parties were unable to strike an
The Spanish tactician has been delighted with Aurelio's work
over the years, but has now confirmed his departure.
"Fabio's contract is nearly finished and he is going to
leave us," Benitez told the club's official website.
"We had been trying to work something out with regards an
extension but it was a pity that we couldn't.
"Fabio is a top professional, a great player and a really
good lad. I mean every single word I say about him.
"It has been a pleasure having him here and we really will
"You can say things about players. But with Fabio, you are
talking about an amazing person who gave 100 per cent all
the time. We wish him all the best."
Agent: Torres to continue with Reds
Fernando Torres' agent has assured Liverpool fans the Spain
striker "will continue with the club next season" and is
"happy" at Anfield.
Despite speculation linking Barcelona, Chelsea and
Manchester City with £50million-plus bids the club have
always been confident the Spain striker would still be at
Anfield for the start of the next campaign.
And even though Torres has expressed the need for the
Merseysiders to match his own ambitions by bringing in
quality signings, he has never voiced unhappiness about
being at Liverpool.
But while he prefers to concentrate on the forthcoming World
Cup rather than talk about his future, his agent Jose
Antonio has offered assurances about the player's
"For the moment I can assure fans that Fernando will
continue at Liverpool next season," he told Punto Radio in
"Everything is down to Liverpool's attitude but for the time
being Fernando is happy at the club and has a good contract.
"Liverpool have not spoken to us about his future, so he is
just concentrating on playing at the World Cup."
Reds international stars shine
Five of Liverpool’s first team
players had an impressive evening for their
England, after withstanding some excellent play from Mexico,
ran out 3-1 winners at Wembley in their final game on
English soil before the World Cup.
Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson both started the match.
Despite Gerrard suffering head injury which resulted in him
receiving some off pitch treatment, the Liverpool captain
had a big hand in England’s two first half goals. One from a
corner and one from a free kick.
In the second half Jamie Carragher came on for his first
England appearance for over 3 years, taking his place in the
centre. Early in the second half Glen Johnson scored his
debut goal for his country. After breaking through the
Mexican midfield he hit a left footed shot from outside the
He was awarded the man of the match for his efforts during
Over in Argentina, Mascherano led out his side to face
Canada in a World Cup warm up. In the 16th minute Maxi
Rodriguez fired a free kick in to the Canadian net. Before
the half was out Rodriguez added another before being
substituted at half time.
Argentina won 5-0.